There are several locations along the Castle Lookout to Baker Creek trail where Banff National Park could install their famous red chairs. Yesterday, Helen Read suggested this would be a prime spot for them.
I took Tessa for a leisurely ski trip on this scenic trail today. It snowed a significant amount last night between Castle junction and Lake Louise. The trail had about 5 cm of fresh, clean, cold snow which had been skied in a lot already by 2:20 pm when we arrived.
The air temperature was -8°C, and the snow was -9. As I’ve mentioned in previous reports, the section near Castle Lookout which meanders through the trees usually has a lot of pine needles, but the fresh snow has taken care of most of them. There were still a few wayward needles in the tracks, but of no consequence.
A tip of the hat goes out to the two friendly snowshoers with a dog named Mandy. When near the ski trail, they walked in the fresh snow beside the trail. Mostly, though, they walked in areas far away from the ski tracks. That’s what I thought snowshoes were for after all.
It was starting to snow at the end of the day.
In preparation for the Lake Louise to Banff Loppet, there are a lot of packed trails along the Bow Valley Parkway. I stopped and took a picture of the trail which runs from Sawback to Muleshoe and I’ll include it in the photos later.
It was -6 upon leaving Canmore, but while driving between Canmore and Banff, the temperature temporarily climbed to 0°C, but had already dropped back to -3 on the western edge of Banff townsite. It was -8 at Castle Lookout.
Attention backcountry skiers: Sunday Jan 17 is Alberta Parks’ Avalanche Awareness Day.